The Hyundai Kona Electric made its Thai debut at the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show. The Electric is the battery-powered EV version of Hyundai’s compact Kona crossover, which is coming to Malaysia soon with a 1.6 litre petrol turbo engine. The Kona Electric was showcased at KLIMS 2018 alongside its ICE-powered sister.
The Kona Electric surfaced in February 2018 as a production car. One of the most impressive mass market EVs on sale today, it packs a 64 kWh battery and is good for a claimed driving range of up to 482 km (WLTP mode). Maximum output is 204 PS/395 Nm, pushing the EV from 0-100 km/h in a swift 7.6 seconds. There’s also a basic version with a 39.2 kWh battery, good for 312 km and 136 PS.
Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% takes about 54 minutes using a 100 kW DC (CCS) fast charger. With the 7.2 kW on-board-charger, charging with AC (Type 2) takes nine hours 40 minutes for the bigger battery pack and six hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack.
In Thailand, the CBU imported Kona Electric with the 39.2 kWh battery is badged as SE, and costs 1.849 million baht (RM237,285). The 64 kWh car is the SEL, priced at 2.259 million baht (RM289,916). The factory warranty is for three years or 100,000 km, while the EV battery’s warranty lasts for eight years or 160,000 km.
EV hardware aside, the Kona Electric is fully packed with kit such as all-LED lighting, a seven-inch Supervision cluster colour LCD meter panel, head-up display, wireless charging, button-operated shift-by-wire, a seven-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, tyre pressure monitoring system, a single-pedal driving system (like the Nissan Leaf) and heated/ventilated seats, among other things.
The Kona Electric joins the Ioniq Electric in Hyundai’s Thai EV range. The second-generation Nissan Leaf – launched there in December 2018 – comes with a 40 kWh battery (270 km WLTP, 148 hp, 320 Nm) and is priced at 1.99 million baht (RM255,325).